After Latest Insults – Israel Cuts Funding for the United Nations, will the USA Follow?

Israel may have finally found a way to strike back at the United Nations (UN) for the constant stream of insults and attacks that flow from the world governing body toward the tiny Middle Eastern nation. However, the tactic can only work if their closest ally, the United States, gets on board.

After the most recent round of hypocritical, and insulting attacks from the UN, Israel’s leaders have decided to slash funding to the organization. Emmanuel Nahshon is a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry office and he explained that following the two most recent anti-Israel votes from the UN, Israel had decided to cut “2 million dollars from its U.N. dues, given the anti-Israel votes at UNHRC. The money will be used for development projects in countries” that are supportive of Israel, instead of on an anti-Israel body like the UN. Israel normally pays about $11 million to the UN each year, so the cut in spending is just under 20% of their normal dues. However, that cut comes along with a previously announced cut of $6-7 Million…

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official government Twitter account tweeted confirmation that Israel would be withholding money from the UN.

Netanyahu: “I am not prepared to pay for and finance the attacks against us at the UN. We are changing the rules. There are venomous attacks against us at the UN and therefore, I have already directed that $6-7 million be cut from our UN dues. After the vote in the UN Human Rights Council, I decided to cut another $2 Million. @IsraelIMFA will use it to develop our relations with countries that want to be close to Israel and are cultivating friendship with it.”

 

While Israel’s financial participation in the United Nations is a relatively small part of the organizations usual budget and the move is primarily a show of protest, it could become far more significant if the United States were to get involved. The USA can already exert a fair amount of pressure on the international body, but if we threatened to cut our sizable contributions the UN would almost certainly offer concessions to Israel. While the organization could survive without Israel, it would have a very difficult time continuing to operate without the assistance of the United States.

Maybe this is an idea for the Trump administration to consider?

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